Welcome to Pollmann!

Welcome to the Pollmann website. Here you will find extensive information about the company, the products, services and people responsible for our high-quality portfolio. Pollmann International operates on three continents – Asia, Europe and North America – in the countries of China, U.S.A., Czech Republic and Austria. The headquarters are located in Karlstein, Austria. If you cannot find information you are looking for, please contact us by email or phone.

Pollmann's outlook for 2015

The European automotive industry has an ambitious goal: Reaching the 90g CO2/ km target as quickly as possible to meet EU requirements.

Electrification of Loads
There are several ways to do this: Many applications are geared towards the electrification of loads such as A/C compressors, steering systems, fans and automatic start-stop systems.
Equally important are 48V power systems to meet the increasing energy needs of vehicles.

Hybrid Vehicles
This applies particularly to hybrid vehicles which can be partly operated by electricity.
What all these developments have in common are technical solutions some of which still have to be developed or implemented.


Autonomous driving

Just like CO2 reduction, “autonomous driving” is currently a hot topic in the automotive industry. Since Pollmann produces components for electric steering systems which are an essential part of self-driving cars.

Very interested in
We have become very interested and involved in this developing field. For experts, “autonomous driving” means that you get in the car, enter the destination, and the car drives from A to B completely on its own.

Completely Autonomously without Driver
Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated that we already have the technology to do this: In 2013, a vehicle based on a modified new S-class retraced the first historic road trip by Bertha Benz from Mannheim to Pforzheim – but this time completely autonomously without driver intervention. See also video


Strong showing in 2014: Electronica & Fakuma

Under the heading "Innovative concepts for high-precision parts", Pollmann presented its portfolio of products and services and its latest developments at the trade fairs Electronica in Munich and Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany. At both events, Pollmann welcomed many existing and prospective customers and other stakeholders. Both Electronica and Fakuma reflected the current situation in the plastics industry and the automotive supply market very well. With excellent prospects for new projects, there is reason to face the future with optimism: The Pollmann management agrees that "the company is ready for future demands."


Tassilo Gruber new Managing Director of Pollmann International

As new Managing Director of Pollmann International, internationally experienced manager Tassilo Gruber will provide strong support for the leadership duo of Markus and Robert Pollmann. His activities will cover international strategic alignment, organizational development of the Corporate Group as well as coordinating the locations in Europe, Asia and the U.S.


New lab opened

In early July, Pollmann opened a new lab at its headquarters in Karlstein.
This was an important step towards being able to map process-related customer requirements and to quickly perform customized process development analyses for new products in-house:

·         Measuring technical component cleanliness according to VDA 19
·         Analyzing electrical connections
·         Leak testing of housing components
·         Climate, shock and salt spray mist tests

Technical component cleanliness has become an important quality factor in the automotive industry. Pollmann is now able to use its central laboratory and in-house know-how to meet customer requirements even better.
Component cleanliness is essential for the performance and longevity of automotive components from Pollmann such as those for electric steering, hybrid drive units or the sensors for transmission control systems

Michael Hauer new Plant Manager at Pollmann CZ

Since November, Michael Hauer has been assisting Managing Director Vaclav Krsik as Plant Manager at the Czech Republic location. His new duties cover organizational development, CIP (continuous improvement processes) and optimization of logistics concepts. Having been logistics manager at Pollmann Austria since 2001, Michael Hauer is very familiar with Pollmann processes and workflows.
The “Pollmann Czech Republic” location is experiencing rapid growth both in terms of size and technological development. “Physical foaming” was installed at the location in addition to injection molding. It is important for Pollmann to closely integrate the two European locations in Austria and the Czech Republic so that we can meet customer demands for best possible unit prices. “We are happy that we were able to get Michael Hauer excited and willing to take on this important task as our new Plant Manager,” said Erwin Negeli, Managing Director of Pollmann Austria.

Pollmann celebrates 125 years with big party for employees

Pollmann turned 125 – good reason for all of us to be proud and happy. We celebrated this anniversary with a special party for our employees under the motto “Once around the whole world”. Our employees took part in a culinary world tour to the Pollmann locations and were surprised with spectacular attractions. 
Pollmann has been in existence for 125 years, is wholly family-owned and has more than 1,200 employees worldwide.

CO2-reducing components for the automotive industry

Reducing CO2 emissions is currently the biggest challenge for automobile manufacturers. The EU has adopted directives which target a limit of 90 g/km for all automobiles over the coming years. From a technical perspective, these requirements can only be met if the overall efficiency of the drive systems (engine, transmission, alternator, fans, steering, etc.) is increased substantially. In addition, loads such as steering, cooling fan, air conditioning compressor, water pump, etc. which are now mostly belt-driven, will have to be switched to electric power.

The following CO2-reducing products are already being produced by Pollmann International:

  • EMC filters for hybrid drives
  • Components for electric steering (for OEMs, VW, BMW, and Audi)


Plastic foaming processes

There are basically two different plastic foaming processes – chemical foaming and physical foaming. Pollmann International has done extensive testing with both systems and decided in favor of physical plastic foaming. All Pollmann plastic foaming processes currently use MuCell or are developed further based on MuCell.

Foaming has many advantages:

  • Reduced cycle time
  • Reduced shrinkage and distortion
  • Avoids sink marks
  • Improved flow properties
  • Lower internal tool pressure
  • Reduced molded parts weight resulting in material savings
  • Increased bending stress – improved fracture behavior
  • Allows foaming of plastics with long-fiber glass


Industrial production in a laboratory environment

Ensuring cleanliness in production processes requires concentration on specifically defined areas. This is the only way that contamination risks can be minimized or excluded. As a qualified tier 2 supplier for the international automotive industry, Pollmann has installed a production area for highly automated equipment in a clean room. In this specific environment, various components are produced which are used in transmission controls, electric steering and start/stop automation.


New: Reel-to-reel technology for Pollmann North America

Component production using metal/plastics composite technology has become an integral part of the automotive industry. Reel-to-reel technology makes it possible to produce these punched and bent parts cost-effectively in large quantities using partial remolding. 

Pollmann North America in  Romeoville near Chicago currently uses reel-to-reel molding for producing two complex metal/plastics composite parts:

  • Housing for throttle control
  • Coil former


Exhibitions 2015

pavillion of the automotive cluster OÖ

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